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Looking ahead to 2021 with Rutland Calendar

Some key events might be missing from the 2021 Rutland Calendar but the man behind it was determined to make sure it was out.

Despite the challenges this year has presented, Richard Adams has pressed ahead with producing his 21st calendar which raises funds for local charities.

The main beneficiary of the 2020 calendar was the Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust, which received £1,250.

This year, the proceeds will be shared between the trust and Oakham in Bloom, both causes close to Richard’s heart.

Richard, who lives in Oakham, said: “I have always had an interest in the wonderful heritage of churches and chapels we have in Rutland. I have been a trustee of the RHCPT for over 20 years during which time we have been able to grant aid repair and maintenance work to many of the county’s churches so it is satisfying to be able to use my love of photography to help to make a contribution to the trust.

“I have also been involved with Oakham in Bloom over the same period and have always admired the way in which a small band of enthusiastic volunteers has helped to maintain the town’s floral displays which have won awards at regional and national levels and made the town so attractive for residents and visitors alike, so this year I am splitting the proceeds from the calendar sales between these two worthy causes.”

Major events that would normally feature in the calendar like the Rutland County Show have been cancelled and some stockists have also closed as a result of the pandemic.

But Richard hopes it will still be a success.

He said: “I hope that the calendar once again illustrates some of the qualities which combine to make the county such an attractive place for residents and visitors alike. I consider myself so fortunate to have photography as a hobby which has given me a lot of pleasure over many years and through which I have been able to share my love of the county with other people.”

The calendar priced £6.99 is available from Walkers Bookshops in Oakham and Stamford, Gates Garden Centre and post offices and shops throughout Rutland.

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